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A Statement on the Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood Recently Killed in Egypt

The politics of the class struggle must be primary in any analysis of the recent attack by the state on the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Politics are always primary. A dialectical analysis of the situation illustrates a contradiction between two ideologies that both support Capitalism’s ability to control the state and for different particular imperialists and regional powers to hold sway over whatever group of bosses emerges as the dominant group. Though it is a tragedy that hundreds of workers have been killed over the past two days, the real tragedy continues to be the fact that the working class is still being mislead into supporting one or another group of bosses’ ideology.

The Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters have begun to shoot back and are coopting the language of the left as they try to paint their religious fundamentalism with a progressive veneer. They have regional allies with Turkey and Qatar, both hegemons that are arming and supporting one rebel faction in the imperialist proxy war in Syria. No religious ideology will ever emancipate the working class from exploitation, not Islam or Catholic based liberation theology. The politics that one particular mass is supporting and being killed for will only subjugate them further and empower regional players like Turkey.

This massacre further illustrates the hypocrisy of the US. The US is in a win win situation. If the state completely fails and chaos reigns, then they don’t have to go through the hassle of bombing it into oblivion and then shrugging their shoulders as they say they have to carry on with the rebuilding and fight terrorism as their actions with their humanitarian imperialism has illustrated. If the state does not fail and the army maintains power, then they have an ally that will function as counter weight to the Saudi’s rival, Qatar, and a loyal and submissive client state.  Either way that his resolves, we will probably see US troops stationed in Egypt – either under the auspices of the UN, some ad hoc alliance, or outright as part of the over 1.3 Billion dollars in military aid they currently receive.

 

The Progressive Labor Party does grieve for the innocent workers who have been killed over the past few days by the state, but we do not support the political aim of those workers nor do we support their ideology.  We are further grieved by the lack of a mass Communist Party capable of turning the tables on capitalism and beginning a Communist revolution for the true liberation of the working class by setting up a wageless egalitarian society.  The friends and allies of PLP in that part of the world as well as anybody interested in creating a lasting change need to intensify the struggle for Communist revolution so that we can bring this dark night where hundreds of workers are slaughtered for false consciousness to a close. 

 

 

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The Working Class in Egypt Rises Up!

The Progressive Labor Party applauds the workers in Egypt who are rising up again by the millions to overthrow the Islamist government that is now in power.  Though it is inspiring to see millions of people in the streets and battling against the forces of religious superstition dominating a state, they are not fighting for an ultimate solution to the economic issues that they are complaining about.  Only a Communist society organized to meet the needs of the working class can meet the demands of the millions of workers that have taken to the streets.  They are protesting on the anniversary of the last wave of protests just two short years ago.  We were right then and we will be right now – without a Communist Party dedicated to seizing state power and extending the demands of the working class in order to transform society into a Communist economic system, there can be no revolution.

 

Though it is inspiring seeing the wave of religious fundamentalism getting beaten back by the masses and Muslim Brotherhood offices get firebombed, attacked, and the rabid sexists being put on the defensive, it isn’t enough to end all forms of false consciousness.  The liberalism and the phony left in Egypt are descendants of Nasser and many of them see the army as a neutral tool or, even worse, as the defender of the secular state.  The army in Egypt, like all the bosses’ armies, is a tool of class domination to be used against the working class in order to maintain the rule of the few over the great masses of workers.

 

The campaign is called “Tamarod” which is Arabic for “Rebellion”.  It is a rebellion against the rule of Mursi and his feudal aspirations for Islamist rule as a well as a venting of frustrations against the desperate economic situation that many of the workers in Egypt are finding themselves.   This desperate economic situation is rooted in capitalism and the worldwide inter-imperialist rivalry as the world’s super-capitalists are fighting tooth and nail to re-divide the world’s wealth, resources, and human capital (hyper-exploitable workers in places like Bangladesh and Indonesia).  The reform movement’s leaders have asked all groups to leave their flags and slogans at home and only march under Egyptian flags.  This is a wash of nationalism that is hobbling any potential threat to the capitalist class’ rule.

 

The fact is that the dictatorship of capital is not being threatened.  The last Arab Spring knocked off a dictator, Mubarak, and put in a dictatorship that ruled from behind the scenes like a parallel to Oz’s Wizard.  Now, the army has declared its intent to rule and has served Mursi notice that he needs to step down.  The capitalist backers of Mursi are not willing to go gently into that dark night. 

 

There is also a danger to women in the protests, as there seem to be packs of men who are attacking female protesters.  There are many men in the crowd who have organized themselves as a security against these attacks.  It is important that sexist attacks like these are smashed with the full might of the working class.  It is bad enough that the protests are already saturated with nationalism and reformist politics, but to be divided by sexist violence against women protesters is something that must never be tolerated. 

PLP stands in solidarity with those who are protesting in the streets of Egypt while also criticizing their reformist essence.  We know that the state must be smashed and a new society built on Communist principles in order for a true change to take hold.  The workers in Egypt desire Communism, even if they are not fully conscious of it yet; as the PLP grows and the capitalist crisis deepens, more of them will eventually see the need for Communist revolution. 

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Lansing, Cairo, and a Golden Dawn Blow up

Workers in Lansing, Michigan and Cairo, Egypt both had to occupy their respective halls of government with similar results. While it was the fascist Muslim Brotherhood attacking the secular liberals and socialists in Egypt, it was the pigs that attacked the protesting union workers in Lansing against a backdrop of fascists getting their headquarters bombed by Anarchists.

The appearance of democracy is fading quickly throughout the world as the bosses continue to succumb to the contradictions of building fascism: they need to raise the fares and taxes to increase their war chest, while simultaneously appearing to allow the working class to have a democratic voice in the decisions that are made in society. The frustration teachers are feeling at being micro-managed by principals and politicians completely out of touch with reality as they impose a standardized national curriculum hell-bent on homogenizing ideology and crushing unions is representative of how the whole working class feels in general. Capitalism is imposing itself and wants us to take it while we give and give. The participatory democratic side of the contradiction of their class rule is at once being exposed for a sham as it is also being pulled back.

Workers driving into work in NYC were greeted with higher tolls. When asked how they felt about it on the local news, they said that they had nobody to complain to. The state apparatus is reflecting the authoritarian shift away from bourgeois democracy as they are now pushing their need for a complacent working class to passively take the beatings they are receiving.

 

While workers in Lansing are shocked that a faction of the US ruling class wants to do away with unionized labor and are organizing massive protests to fight “Right to work” legislation, most of them harbor illusions that the democrats are a better choice. The democrats represent the ruling class and, like the Trojan Horse, appear to be better for the working class because they do a better job lying to, manipulating, and controlling the working class, as the workers trust them. PLP will be there with the protesting workers, but instead of liberalism and trade unionism, we will be arming the workers with the Red ideas of a revolution that will give us the right to work for ourselves in a Communist society under the dictatorship of the working class.

In Greece, the fascist group “Golden Dawn” had their offices bombed by an antifascist group. The group correctly said we have to get those fascists before they grow. The old Communist movement learned the hard way that revolutionary violence is the only solution to fascism. PLP has consistently fought fascists using the same principle of striking first and striking hard as the Greek antifascists, but we do not advocate their tactic of bombing the fascists’ offices. We take a firm stand against the anarchist principle of propaganda by the deed.

The bomb-throwing anarchist was as iconic as the contemporary archetype of the Middle Eastern terrorist during the 19th century, just as wrong, but just as useful to the ruling class. The bomb throwing violence did not blow up the social relationships of production then, neither will it now. When PLP attacked the Nazi headquarters in Chicago, we organized ourselves and community members, Black, Hispanic, White, and Asian; man and woman; to enter their building with bats and other melee weapons and beat the shit out of them. The use of bombs screams a weak individualist group without the ties to the working class, practice, or theory needed to smash the fascists. So, though PLP is pleased that violence is being used against the fascists, we are opposed to the tactics with which it was employed, the lack of mass working class action behind it, and the consequences of this action becoming a blueprint for further action.  PLP knows that no individual or party can replace the working class as agents of our own liberation, and history has clearly illustrated that individuals acting alone can not accomplish the liberation of the working class. 

The bosses love to paint dedicated revolutionaries with the broad strokes of “terrorist”. They fear an organization dedicated to mobilize the masses of workers to confront the fascists and defeat them like what happened in England, and on a smaller scale, in Chicago.

Capitalism is developing fascism at home as the inter-imperialist rivalries sharpen. The military dictatorship in Cairo has seemingly backed down from an open Islamisist coup, but it’s still a dictatorship, just secular and with the appearance of democracy. The workers in Lansing will continue to protest, and the Anarchists in Greece will bash the fasc. The ingredient missing to end the scourge of capitalist dictatorship’s growing fascism is a mass PLP. The only solution to fascism is Communist revolution.

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